Crunchyroll is making a big contribution to the games. The anime streaming service, which has previously published a handful of mobile titles, is adding mobile games to its offering in a move similar to Netflix’s ongoing effort in gaming. The new feature is called Crunchyroll Game Vault and it’s available starting today.
The Vault is available for free to subscribers of Crunchyroll’s Mega Fan and Ultimate Fan tiers – two higher-cost tiers available – and at launch, will feature five titles. Contains Captain Velvet: The Jump+ Dimensions, River City Girls, Wolfstride, Behind the Frame: The Finest SceneryAnd menbento, Like Netflix or Apple Arcade, all games will be free and devoid of in-app purchases.
While most gaming subscription services offer a large number of titles, it seems like Crunchyroll will be more focused. The company says it will feature “premium mobile games specifically for fans of anime and anime-inspired entertainment.” And while there are only five games at launch, Crunchyroll says the Vault will “feature continued additions to its line-up, with a whole new wave of titles coming soon.”
For now, Crunchyroll’s offering of games seems like a nice bonus, not unlike the digital manga included in higher tiers of subscriptions.
The news comes a day after Crunchyroll announced a partnership with Walmart that will open Crunchyroll-branded “fan shops” in 2,400 retail locations in the U.S. that will sell things like Blu-ray collections, vinyl records, and physical membership cards.